Linux Journal Live - Sept 25, 2008


The September 25, 2008 edition of Linux Journal Live!. Associate Editor, Shawn Powers, and "Hack and /" columnist, Kyle Rankin, talk Google, Android, GACL, and the Large Hadron Collider.

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software with ustream/linux technology

william bryant's picture

What software and hardware are you using with this stream?

I do a lot of ustream, but haven't been able to get it successfully going with Linux yet! What software are you using, what cameras, and are you on linux?

I'm using a Logitech Quickcam deluxe, which I can get going with Cheese and Skype, but i'm still having a lot of video editing/capture problems on Linux.


Anonymous's picture

All of the video on this site requires the proprietary Adobe Flash player.

How crap is that for a so-called "Linux" magazine?

RE so-called "Linux" magazine

william bryant's picture

I'm on Linux right now viewing this site with no problems.

Unfortunately, Flash is so widespread and so good, it's hard to get around using while maintaining a good balance.

Several Issues At Play

Shawn Powers's picture


There are really 2 separate issues going on with these videos.

1) Streaming live video isn't something we have the ability to do internally. Perhaps someday we will be able to accomplish it, but right now, sites like ustream, stickam, etc. have a dedicated staff and still struggle with quality, reliability, and scalability. My suspicion is that they use flash because it works really good for streaming video on the web. I don't know of an open format way to do it. If there is a way, please let us know!

2) Our ultimate goal is to get Linux into the hearts, hands, and minds of the most people possible. Yes, as a staff we need to make a living, but really, a person doesn't join the staff of a Linux publishing company if they aren't passionate about open source. I want to reach EVERYONE. I want EVERYONE to hear about Linux. I want those people that would have no reason to come to to be drawn here by our videos. I want angry Digg users that are fed up with Windows to follow a link here and learn about open source. I want high school and college students that are using Windows 98 to stumble across our Facebook page, and maybe find a way to get more use out of their aging home computer with Linux. I want the message of FOSS and Linux to get in the proprietary corners of the world -- and if I get a little dirty in the process, well, I'm willing to do so.

I want people to choose to love Linux. In order for that to happen, they'll first have to learn about it. That's something I'm passionate about, and something I go to great lengths to accomplish.

Oh, but before I close -- I'll make sure to include an OGG/Theora version of our videos from now on. Someday, hopefully that format will be all I need to post. :)

Shawn is Associate Editor here at Linux Journal, and has been around Linux since the beginning. He has a passion for open source, and he loves to teach. He also drinks too much coffee, which often shows in his writing.

Python programming

Anonymous's picture

I am ignorant to this program and hoping that someone can help me figure it out before I fail my mathematical computer science course. HELP